Flash floods kill 2 in France


MARSEILLE, France — At least two people died when several cars were swept away by flash floods triggered by heavy rain Wednesday night in southern France, authorities said.

The storms were part of a weather front that moved across the Mediterranean Sea, killing at least 10 in the Spanish island of Majorca and carrying away part of a motorway bridge in the Italian island of Sardinia.

Two bodies were found in southern France in an overturned car stranded just off the Riviera coast near the town of Sainte-Maxime, French police said.

It was thought the car was among several that were carried out to sea after being swept away by the Garonnette river, a statement from local authorities said.

Helicopters and police teams searched the area which received nearly 200 mm (2.3 inches) of rain overnight.

The fire service said it rescued 16 people.

In the Spanish holiday island of Majorca, rescue workers were searching Thursday for a five-year-old boy and two German holiday-makers still missing after the flash floods there.

In Sardinia, part of a motorway bridge crossing a river near Caglieri collapsed in heavy rains, but there were no casualties as the road had been closed following reports of subsidence.

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